All that glitters could just be the deep snow arriving

Early season snow

Early season snow seems to be accumulating on the slopes of Chamonix which bodes well for a good base and a white Christmas. Currently the first guests in the chalet arrive on the 9th December for a ski course with Alison Thacker (was Culshaw). Other guests are also booked in pre Christmas to get their legs going early season. Read on…

Ski touring and the Vallee Noir

Ice cave Vallee Blanche

Three of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi to ski tour over to Helbronner and have a coffee in the restaurant at the top of the Skyway. The descent was brilliant with all the recent tracks filled in with wind blown snow. Down the Vallee Noir to Salle a Manger is still in great condition. Read on…

Splitboarder telemarker and alpine ski touring

Group photo in front of the Dent du Geant

The potential to find some fresh snow high up in the mountains was a draw. Hilary had rented a splitboard from Zero G so we headed up the Aig du Midi and over to Helbronner.

Lovely chilled ski tour and found some completely untracked powder to play with. Read on…

Reasons to ski and snowboard Chamonix for Easter

Fresh tracking powder

Generally spring skiing is when the days are hot and the snow surface melts making it great for skiing.  Overnight the temperatures drop and the surface refreezes making it “bullet proof” first thing in the morning before the sun heats it up again and we ski all over again. Read on…

Col D’Entreves ski tour

Group photo

Setting off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge, we skied down the classic Vallee Blanche to the base of Mont Blanc du Tacul where we donned skins. Taking a middle line through the crevasses of the Glacier du Tacul was spectacular with snow bridges between huge crevasses. Read on…

Ski Tour from the Aig du Midi for coffee in Italy

Crevasse

5 of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge and on to the “tourist route” Valle Blanche. Transferring to climbing skins under Mont Blanc du Tacul we traversed the crevasses and headed up to the top of the new Skyway lift from Courmayeur. Read on…

Sunshine celebrations

Alpage de Balme

Spring skiing conditions with the freezing overnight temperatures rendering the pistes bullet proof and then the sunshine softening the snow by mid morning.  Likewise the off piste has stayed good but keep well clear early in the morning on south facing slopes unless you want to shake a filling loose. Read on…